Why Europe needs a digital regulator by Frank Pasquale

Digital monopolies are growing fast. Investors demand nothing less. But shouldn’t we, as citizens, demand something, too?Shouldn’t we have some recourse if Facebook decides to manipulate an election, or Google disappears a favourite firm from its all-important rankings?Free market fundamentalists have a quick rejoinder at the ready: digital monoliths are simply too complex for regulators to understand. They believe that no one outside of big firms should scrutinise their inner workings, unless the firms have behaved in an obviously illegal way.

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